Tell the Department of Energy to strengthen regulations for gas stoves


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Delivery to Department of Energy

Action ended on April 17, 2023

What Happens Next

Thank you to all who took action! We’re grateful for your support.

What Was At Stake

Gas stoves have been a hot topic as of late — and for good reason. New research linking childhood asthma to gas stoves has brought a lot of attention to how we power our home appliances. The Department of Energy is proposing new energy efficiency standards to require that gas stoves waste less gas, which saves people money and reduces harmful emissions. Send a letter to the DOE and urge them to finalize this commonsense standard today!

Methane gas stoves seriously compromise people’s indoor air quality. These stoves emit nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. These gases present harm to humans and are especially linked to illnesses like asthma and other breathing problems. The full proposed rule, which includes updated standards for electric and gas residential stoves and ovens, would result in savings of up to $1.7 billion for U.S. households in our energy bills and avert about 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years of sales.

The Department of Energy is looking to adopt commonsense efficiency standards which would reduce harmful cooktop emissions. This rule would require new methane gas stove models sold in the U.S. to meet a performance level that will reduce gas consumption. Gas stove producers would have three years to ensure their products meet the standard. Roughly half of all methane gas stoves on the market today already meet the proposed standard and these models consume 30% less energy than the least-efficient models on the market to do the same amount of cooking.

This standard is a commonsense way to reduce gas stove pollution and improve people’s indoor air quality. Send a letter in support to the DOE today!

Close up of burning gas stove.
(Maciej Toporowicz / Getty Images)

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